Maria João Sereno (Brigitt)
The Rosetta Stone is an Ancient Egyptian artifact which provided the key to modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The stone is a Ptolemaic-era stele with an inscription recording a decree that was issued in 196 BCE by a congress of Egyptian priests in honour of 13-year-old King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three versions: one in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, one in the Egyptian demotic script, and one in ancient Greek. Originally displayed in a temple and lost at an unknown date, the stele was rediscovered in 1799 at Rosetta in the Nile delta by a soldier of the French expedition to Egypt. The Egyptian scripts were at that time undeciphered. The Rosetta Stone, as the first known bilingual text offering a possible route to an understanding of ancient Egyptian languages, aroused immediate excitement.
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